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Arun Sharma Named Interim Vice Dean for Graduate Business Programs

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Arun Sharma

 The School of Business Administration has named Arun Sharma, a professor of marketing, as interim vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education. Sharma, whose appointment is effective August 1, fills the position vacated when Anuj Mehrotra stepped down from that post to serve as interim dean of the business school July 1.

As interim vice dean, Sharma will oversee the School’s MBA and other master’s degree programs, custom and open enrollment executive education programs, and graduate student career services.

“Arun’s talent and extensive experience, deep knowledge of business education and dedication to the success of the School of Business Administration, make him the ideal person to serve in this key leadership position,” said Mehrotra, who is serving as the School’s interim dean while the University conducts a global search for a permanent dean.

“I am delighted to lead our graduate business and executive education programs, which have seen significant growth and recognition in recent years,” said Sharma. “I look forward to working with the School’s leadership team, our professional staff and our friends in the community to build upon these successes.”

Sharma, who joined the School of Business in 1987, has previously served as vice dean of strategic initiatives and chair of the Department of Marketing. His research, which focuses on understanding markets, marketing strategy and productivity, and firm value creation and management, has been widely published in leading academic journals. Sharma has also consulted for such companies as Accenture, American Express, Audi, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Citrix, Ericson, Exxon, Goodyear, HP, IBM, MasterCard, MoneyGram, Motorola, Siemens, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Italia Mobil, Visa International, and Western Union.

Sharma’s awards include membership in the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.

 

 

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Berg Named Artistic Advisor of JAZZ ROOTS

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Shelton D. 'Shelly" Berg

Shelton G. ‘Shelly’ Berg

MIAMI, Fla. (July 12, 2016)—The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has appointed Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg as artistic advisor for its thrilling six-concert JAZZ ROOTS 2016-2017 season. A world-renowned musician, composer, and educator, Berg has been involved as a collaborator on JAZZ ROOTS since its inception. The Arsht Center invited Berg to expand his role to include assisting with creative direction for the series following the passing in 2015 of JAZZ ROOTS co-founder and co-creator Larry Rosen, with whom Berg also collaborated for many years.

The ninth season of JAZZ ROOTS will launch befittingly with an all-star tribute to Rosen, commissioned especially for the 10th anniversary of the Arsht Center. The extraordinary season will continue with five musically diverse concerts, each starring some of the most celebrated headliners in the music industry today.

“It is hard to imagine JAZZ ROOTS without Larry Rosen,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center. “Together we realized a vision that has become one of the most celebrated jazz series in the world. In passing the torch to Dean Berg, the 2016-2017 season promises to reach the high standards of musicality and diversity that have become the mainstay of the concert and educational series that has established the Arsht Center as one of the most recognized concert halls in the world for jazz. Shelly has long been part of our JAZZ ROOTS family, and we are excited to welcome him as our new artistic advisor.”

“Larry and I shared so many visions over our many years of friendship and working together, most notably our love of jazz, educating young people about jazz, and creating an awareness among the masses about the roots of America’s true art form,” Berg said. “While I am so saddened he is no longer with us both personally and professionally, I am honored the Arsht Center has entrusted me to take the helm of the extraordinary program he set forth. I look forward to paying tribute to Larry in our opening concert and presenting all the exciting shows we have scheduled this upcoming season.”

A four-time Grammy nominee who was named one of the “educators of the millennium” by the Los Angeles Times, Berg has recorded and performed with many diverse artists, including Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, KISS, Chicago, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He composed a piece for the Dali Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles, in addition to composing for top network television series and major studio films.

For the JAZZ ROOTS 2016-17 lineup visit the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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HR Director Appointed to Professional Association Board

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, has been tapped to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which serves more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations. She joined the board on July 1.

Morris has been a member of CUPA-HR for seven years and was a participant in the association’s 2015-16 emerging leader program. She also has served on the association’s public policy committee and has presented at two CUPA-HR annual conferences.

Prior to joining the University in 2009, Morris worked in HR for the Ford Motor Company for 22 years, serving as the corporation’s human resources manager for global information technology, with responsibility for information technology professionals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

 

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UM Appoints Interim Title IX Coordinator

Effective June 1, the Title IX coordinator reports to Rudolph Green, the vice president and chief compliance officer in University Compliance Services. Doug Horr has been designated the interim Title IX coordinator and as such will serve as the central resource for the University on all issues related to Title IX, and will work closely with the deputy title IX coordinators to help educate, train, and support campus community members. He will coordinate and oversee compliance with Title IX statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. In addition, Horr will continue in his role as executive director of University Compliance Services.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at schools, colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance. It has been commonly associated with the concept of gender equity in athletics—a goal that has supported the growth and strength of women’s athletics programs. Current interpretations indicate that Title IX is far broader in its scope and protections. Visit Title IX FAQs to learn more.

 

 

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Anuj Mehrotra Named Interim Business Dean

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Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – Anuj Mehrotra, professor of management science and vice dean of the School of Business Administration, has been named interim dean of the school following the departure of Eugene W. Anderson, who stepped down after his five-year term ended this summer.

In making the announcement, UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc noted Mehrotra’s commitment to excellence and credited him with growing the school’s graduate student enrollment.

“During Anuj’s tenure as vice dean, the school has diversified its portfolio of graduate programs with innovative experiential courses that include international immersion and consulting experiences for participants. These programs have helped to grow graduate student enrollment by 70 percent in the last five years,” LeBlanc said.

“His experience and commitment to excellence will continue to strengthen the school’s top-50 ranking among M.B.A. programs and ensure continuity in addressing the needs of our students and graduates,” LeBlanc added.

Mehrotra will serve as interim dean starting July 1 while UM completes a global search and installs a new dean.

Mehrotra, who joined the UM faculty in 1993, is the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar, professor of management science, and has been vice dean since 2007. He oversees all aspects of M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., and specialized masters programs, including recruitment, admissions, and advising. Previously, he served as the chair of the Department of Management Science.

Mehrotra’s research interests are in large-scale optimization and interdisciplinary applications. His research includes a project with the U.S. Coast Guard to optimally locate air stations to respond to distress calls and a study on determining routing and staffing decisions for distributed call centers. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During his term as interim dean, Mehrotra said he is confident that the school will continue to innovate by anticipating and adapting to the shifting needs of students and the business community and helping to move current initiatives forward while the search for the new dean continues.

“I look forward to working with our world-class faculty, professional staff, alumni, and other supporters to strengthen and build on the status and recognition the school’s degree and non-degree programs have earned locally and internationally,” he said.

The School of Business Administration’s degree and non-degree programs have been recognized in various rankings, including being named among the top U.S. programs for Latin Americans by America Economía and top 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Economist.    

 

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